If there ever has to be award for the biggest transfer flop in Liverpool’s history, Alberto Aquilani has to be ranked up there with being one of the worst pieces of transfer business done by the club.
In the summer of 2009, we signed Aquilani from Roma for a staggering £18million in a bid to replace Xabi Alonso who had been sold to Real Madrid. This transfer never got off to a good start as Aquilani was injured when he was signed but Rafa Benitez believed he had bought in the right player to replace Alonso.
As we all know, Aquilani’s time at Liverpool was never that great as he never reached his full potential and was subsequently shipped out on loan to Juventus in 2010. Now he is currently on loan at AC Milan and his stay there is set to be permanent following him playing 25 matches for the Serie A team.
According to Aquilani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia, the midfielder will seal a permanent deal to AC Milan when he plays 25 matches and that is going to be very soon and he will join the Italian giants for £6million as agreed in the contract between the two clubs.
Now having paid £18million for Aquilani in 2009 we are set to let him go for £6million, what a waste! And we have nothing to show for it in terms of Aquilani having been a contributing success to the club.
What irks me even more is that we are going to lose more money when we try offload our other big name flops such as Henderson and Carroll. We really need to look into our transfer policy as a matter of urgency!